Sleep Clinic is for children with additional needs. A referral is needed to access the clinic- this can be made by Health Visitor, School, Children Centre Staff or Parents/carers.

Families are seen by trained Sleep Counsellor’s who can help families to manage various sleep problems.

Developing Good Sleep Hygiene

  1. Make sure that the child’s room is quiet and dark.
  1. Wake the child at a regular hour each morning, so that the circadian cycle is strengthened.
  1. Keep a regular bedtime for the child.
  1. Keep room temperature to a comfortable level. High temperatures disturb sleep.
  1. Environmental noise should be kept to a minimum (no loud TVs).
  1. Make sure that the child does not go to bed hungry, but do not give a child over 6 months old feeds/drinks during the night.
  1. Help the child to learn to fall asleep alone in his/her bed, without your presence.
  1. Avoid stimulating activity in the hour before bedtime.
  1. Do not let the child have prolonged naps in the late afternoon. If the child still needs to sleep, schedule the nap for early afternoon.
  1. Avoid drinks of cola, chocolate, tea and coffee i.e. caffeine and additives, before bedtime, instead have a warm milk drink.

(Copied with kind permission of Sleep Scotland)